The Daily Grind Video

The music video has always been a great promotional tool, but it has also has the potential to provoke and make us think. While most artists go for a simple performance or club video,  some have used their videos  to push the envelope. Inspired by M.I.A.’s “Born Free” video (which was recently banned by Youtube), here’s a look at 14 of the most controversial music videos ever.

Madonna “Like A Prayer”

This video was Madonna’s grand artistic statement, released at the height of her popularity, and caused quite a stir for a number of reasons. It basically pushed all of America’s buttons – from race, to sex, to religion.  To this day it probably caused the biggest scene out of any music video – because of it, Madonna lost a $5 Million Pepsi Endorsement, outraged catholics worldwide, and . What’s so controversial about this video? Well, start with the burning crosses. Add a black Jesus-like figure, stigmata and Madonna making out with black Jesus and you have one of the most controversial videos of all time.


Justice “Stress”
This video was directed by  Romain Gavras, the same man behind M.I.A.’s “Born Free.” Like the M.I.A. video,  this one takes a raw, unflinching look at violence in modern sociey. This video focuses on a gang of black/North African teens wreaking havoc in France. Robbery, car-jacking, assault… it’s all here in this menacing video.


Marilyn Manson “Coma White”
JFK’s assassination is always a touchy subject, so this video of  shock-rock artist Marilyn Manson re-enacting the assassination (with  himself as the JFK-figure and Rose McGowan as his wife) was bound to have people up in arms.

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